Sunday, March 19, 2017

Robinson happenings ❤

I got a sweet nudge today at Walmart from a sweet sweet blog reader who reminded me it was time to update the blog:)  Yes m'am it is and here I am. (Great to see you today at Walmart-you were an encourager to me today).  Amazingly Kyle and his sweet girlfriend Maggie have also taken to reading old blog posts from years ago on here so I owe it to my kiddos to keep this up.  I honestly felt like I had to take some time away from it due to some folks in our life that were trying to create drama and be ugly.  Thankfully due to Mike's new job (praise you Lord) some of those unkind folks have moved on to newer targets.

I never want to abandon this sacred space because it is not only our life but it is my love letter not only to my children, but also to Jesus.  I know that my children do not always listen carefully to my words when we talk (or more accurately I talk and they nod) but I want them to know for real that my life is what it is because of Jesus.  Not material possessions, no status symbol jobs or cars, no name brand clothing, no fancy vacation home will EVER compare to the faithfulness of our God.  Never, nada, I want them to read these words either in a few hours or in a few years or decades and know that their parents were not always perfect but good grief we loved them and loved our Jesus.

So this blog space will never be betrayed even if we had to take a few steps away for a while to keep some lurkers away.  This blog space is not only a sacred place to share our love for Jesus but it also is a safe place to share family memories that will always be here.  So here goes on some family updates...

Basketball seems to be how we spend our time these days-all three of our kids are basketball nuts.  Some of our kiddos have more talent than others, but that does not matter.  Basketball keeps them fit, teaches them life lessons of being on a team, and it teaches discipline.  You cannot get better at basketball sitting ont the couch.  Thankfully our gym is close by and we are frequentl flyers there so they can all get better.  Hope Madeline loves her some basketball even if there are entire games she does. not. touch. the. ball.  Totally hilarious!!!!!!!

Thankful also that this guy has had some new experiences playing with two new teams.  We have prayed for a long time that God would put the right people (including teachers and coaches) into his life that will help him be the Godly man that God has planned for Him.  We are thankful for new opportunities even if we will be traveling A LOT over the coming months.

We also recently had a princess team party at church for the little girls in the community.  It was a fundraiser for our mission trip, but it also provided a fun night at church for the little girls to learn about Godly beauty. Hope has not gotten to see her friend Sydney for a while so these girls had a fun reunion.  Hope is growing right before our eyes and she blesses us with her sweet heart, competitive spirit, and beautiful music she makes on the piano.

Several weeks ago we went as a family to Grandfather Mountain with the youth group on a retreat.  The retreat was amazing, our cabins were gorgeous, the views were inspiring, and the time away with our church kiddos was so much fun.

Youth ministry is NOT for the faint of heart, but I feel so thankful that God called me (and therefore Mike and my family) into youth ministry.  It is exhausting emotionally and physically but there is nothing like it.  I never ever ever dreamed I would be doing this in my forties, but I love these youth and I love pointing them to Christ.  I am sometimes over whelmed in attempting to teach them about God and point them to Christ in this day and age where so many temptations surround them daily or more accurately, hourly, but I know God is bigger than anything they face.  I am not a perfect youth leader at all, but I do love me some Jesus and want them to build a strong biblical foundation.  Here is Kyle with his girlfriend Maggie on the retreat.

If you have never been to Grandfather Mountain pick a non windy day (ha!) and go.  The views were gorgeous!  It was inspiring (yet a little scary) to take so many brave teenagers to the top of the mountain.

Saturday night we had a big group devotional in the girls cabin (because ours was nicer-ha!)  and Mike talked to all the youth about doing the right thing.  His devotional was great and aftewards we had prayer stations set up around the cabin.  Meeting God in such a beautiful location surounded by so many youth there to strengthen their relationship with God was AMAZING!!

The Robinson family in the mountains of North Carolina!  Every picture that we take while on youth group outings I always look terrible, but even through the tired, sleep-deprived eyes know that I am happy doing what God has called us to do.  After all I want to introduce these youth and help them get to know my BFF, God better.  Good friends do not care if you show up without makeup-my best friend Jesus cares more about what my heart looks like than my tired eyes:)

Tuesday, February 21, 2017

February Update

February has certainly been busy and sweet around our house.  In the above video our sweet Hope Madeline is playing the prelude during worship with her amazing piano teacher, Mrs. Melody.  My heart was so full and happy watching her play during worship and she was cool as a cucumber.

 February ended Kyle's JV basketball season at school.  They ended with a 17-6 record and Kyle loved every minute of it. It is no secret that basketball is his passion and it is such fun watching Kyle do something he loves!  This picture blesses my heart because this happened during warmups and if you look on the front row you will see Kyle's biggest fan, David, cheering for Kyle even during warmups.

 Another sweet February moment in our house was Kyle's invitation to the Sadie Hawkins dance with his girlfriend Maggie.  She made such a cute poster and surprised him one night and asked him to the dance.  These two bless my heart and it was such fun to see them all dressed up and get some sweet pictures.
 This is a sweet picture but it is certainly not documenting a sweet moment!  Ha!  Last Friday was Misty's last day at preschool.  We are so happy for her in her new job as a school nurse but we will miss her so much at preschool.  We have made many happy memories together at FUMC with our girls, our students, and our laughs.  You have to keep a sense of humor dealing with tiny humans all the time and we certainly have!  From our pinterest failed crafts, graduations that did not go off as well as we had hoped, and catching our own kids trying to eat butter out of the fridge, we have had lots of laughs.  God has certainly blessed this preschool for over 60 years so I know he will send us the right person to take her place.  Christy and I are in denial and have not even advertised the position yet!  Ha!

 Sweet Dave has thoroughly enjoyed every moment of his AAU career this winter playing with the Cyclones.  He has scored in several games and it has been a blessing to watch his team encourage him and to watch other teams and the referees to support him when he comes into the game.  Every.single. game. that I watch I have to hold back tears of joy.
 Saturday the whole family got to watch Dave in action!!
 So far 2017 has been brutal for my Mom and my grandmother as my Mom is STILL recovering from her broken knee cap and fractured bone in her back and my grandmother lost a big toe a part of her foot due to diabetic sores.  Both are healing slowly but surely and this weekend while in Radford for GG's birthday we got to visit with Mimi in the rehab facility. It was also a big day because Maggie went with us to Radford and met the whole family! Ha!
February was busy and full but it certainly blessed us all with some sweet moments:)

Monday, January 23, 2017

Rez 2017

Dear FUMC youth,

I am so incredibly proud to be one of your youth leaders.  You represented so well this past weekend in Pigeon Forge.  You have beautiful hearts that are truly seeking the Lord and I am so impressed with your maturity and faith.

We desperately desire for you to not let this be a one time experience  but to use this powerful weekend as a springboard to go deeper with our God.  He wants to be your best friend and is desperate to spend time with you.
Put him at the tip top of your totem pole.  I promise when you do everything else will fall into place.  After all that He has done for us that is his rightful place in our lives.  Lets press forward to know him more and spend time with Him.
I know for many of you this past weekend was powerful for you, and if you were one of the ones that knelt at that altar and made a big decision anytime this past weekend, please know how proud we are of you and that we will continue to pray for you.  We are committed to helping you grow in your faith so Jesus will be your lifelong best friend.
So dear ones get out that white flag and wave it.  Surrender to the One who loves us all so dearly.  Surrender your big decisions, your small decisions, your stresses and your heart.  You will be rewarded with peace and clarity knowing that you are living a life that brings glory and honor to Him.  Wave that white flag and put him on the top of your totem pole-I promise you will experience his perfect peace.
Water walkers, do not stay safe in that boat with your comfy little life, controlling everything and surrendering nothing.
Belly flop off of that boat and walk towards our God.  He has such amazing plans for you.  Show love to all, serve those that cannot serve themselves, read your bible, show up to youth, come to church, and think about that summer mission trip.
You are precious and we know that you had a blast this weekend but that you also get it that this weekend was for Jesus.  I challenge you to sit down and draw a totem pole and write your priorities down where they fall on your totem pole.  We are all guilty of getting our priorities out of whack and this visual reminder will be helpful to keeping your priorities in check and keeping God first.
It is time for us to rise up and take our faith deeper - we decided this weekend we were "all in" and ready to share the love of Christ with others.
Be bold, show love and know that I am walking beside you outside of that boat on the water ready to support you always.  I am so proud of all of our water walkers and I cannot wait to see the revival in our community!!